Vodafone Spain has announced that Ourense in the northwestern region of Galicia will be the first Spanish city to be able to use the 800 MHz band for 4G deployment, reports Telecompaper.com on July 16, 2015. The company will activate its faster LTE-A 4G service in Ourense on July 20 before rolling it out in Galicia and the rest of Spain. The 800 MHz band frequencies previously used by digital terrestrial TV (DTT) were released for 4G use in April but the agency in charge of monitoring its deployment, llega800, last week said the process won’t be complete until March 2018.
Mobile services over the 800 MHz band have a greater range and can penetrate buildings better than the higher 2,600 MHz and 1,800 MHz frequencies and may also be combined with these to deliver download speeds of 300 Mbps. Spain's industry ministry last year ran a three-month trial of 4G over the 800 MHz band in the city of Zamora.